Best Association Networking or Awards Event


FoodDrinkEurope – Annual reception

Events are a vital way to connect with an audience in a world that’s more and more virtual. That was one of the driving forces behind the Annual Reception event for our client, FoodDrinkEurope. Each year, FoodDrinkEurope offers its members the opportunity to meet, engage, and build networks. The event also showcases FoodDrinkEurope’s ongoing initiatives and campaigns, which is why the focus this year was on promoting a stronger Single Market.

This time around, 240 (40 more than expected) converged at the Cercle de Lorraine for excellent food and drinks, our interactive Single Market Quiz (which they could take on iPads we provided) vox pop videos, and promotional materials. Amongst the attendees were FoodDrinkEurope Board members, representatives from 24 national food and drink associations, 7 EU sector associations, 21 food and drink companies and many high-level stakeholders that FoodDrinkEurope carefully selected.

The event was a big success, both in terms of the audience size, but also because of the positive feedback, engagement from the quiz, enthusiasm about the vox pop videos, and the huge number of tweets that attendees posted that day. It’s for these reasons that we submit this event for the Best Association Networking Event award.

GSMA – Global Mobile Awards (GLOMOs) at MWC19

The mobile industry’s most coveted awards return for the 24th year at MWC 2019, to once again recognise and honour the people and organisations who are pushing the boundaries of intelligent connectivity.

The Global Mobile Awards (GLOMOs) 2019 feature 42 Awards under 10 Categories. With a number of new awards introduced to 2019, there is a category for every single player in the digital ecosystem to enter.

Find out more information through #GLOMOAwards

Invest Europe – Invest Week

Invest Week is a collaboration of 35 organisations focused on stimulating investment and innovation in Europe. The group is comprised mainly of industry associations with corporates, EU institutions and think tanks partnering to hold a series of events exploring the interaction between policy, investment and entrepreneurship.

Until Invest Week was established in 2016, there was no space in the EU calendar for a strong focus on the investment sector and its contribution to economic growth. By 2017, Invest Week had grown from a standing start to include 20 events with 1,500 participants held in four European cities.

The format of a week of events provides an opportunity for associations to come together on issues of shared interest and creates a strong platform for joint communications. In addition to the events held, Invest Week propagates the ideas and opinions discussed during debates via a shared website and social media accounts.

Invest Week was conceived and coordinated by Invest Europe, the private capital association.

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) – A visit of the representatives of the Council of the EU to a research lab at the RWTH Aachen University to demonstrate the chemical industry’s innovative potential and the power of joint research projects

The EU chemical industry partially relies on EU funds for its research and innovative projects, so securing an ambitious EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme has been identified as a key priority for the industry’s advocacy efforts. 
This is when we developed the idea of organising a visit of research and Industry attaches from the Permanent Representations of EU Member States to a renowned university involved in joint research projects with the chemical Industry.

After having secured support from the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU, Cefic managed to invite a number of officials from the Permanent Representations of their respective countries to the EU to the CAT Catalytic Center in Aachen, Germany working on the utilization of CO2 in industrial applications.

Instead of organising yet another reception in a hotel in Brussels, Cefic managed to demonstrate how the actual research lab is working on some groundbreaking climate-friendly technologies together with the chemical industry. 
The event allowed Cefic to reinforce the role of the chemical industry in the EU research and innovation agenda and further advocate an increase in funding for joint research projects between industry and academia.

Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies – NET@WORK

NET@WORK is the largest public platform of European centre-right think-tanks gathering to debate and advocate EU policies.

Experts, politicians and stakeholders from different EU countries will meet for a full day of panel debates, hosted by 12 different national think-tanks that are part of the Martens Centre network. Under the title “Managing change”, this year’s topics included: migration and the refugee crisis; foreign and security policy challenges; EU political and socio-economic reforms; future of the EU and Brexit; populism and disinformation.

The aim of the event is to create a common ground for discussion, to develop new solutions and to advocate centre-right thinking, bringing together national and European priorities. The event is composed of four main sessions, each including three different panel debates taking place simultaneously and a networking dinner with two short debates. The event has been successfully organised for 3 years now.

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